Ex-Imo dep. gov. recommends dialogue to resolve grievances
By Victor Nwachukwu
A former deputy governor of Imo, Mr Eze Madumere has called for peaceful dialogue to help resolve grievances of Nigerians from various parts of the country.
Madumere made the call in a statement signed by his Media and Publicity Adviser, Mr Uche Onwuchekwa in Owerri on Sunday.
The former Imo deputy governor who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the 2021 Democracy Day celebration and urged them not to relent in their efforts to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
He urged political office holders to give ear to the yearnings of Nigerians as a way of addressing the challenge of the “divisive instinct” of some Nigerians occasioned by feelings of marginalisation.
“It is rather unfortunate that Nigeria has strayed away from the right path of nationhood as a result of selfishness of some politicians who in their unpatriotic zeal, sacrifice anything for power.
“Democracy remains the best form of government to address these myriad of challenges and not war or violence.
“I urge leaders and stakeholders to put the people first, make our democratic experience worthwhile by playing according to the rules as there are no losers and winners in an effort to contribute to uplifting society,” he said.
He also urged the electorate to elect leaders who had their interests at heart rather than sell their votes.
“Our people must reject money for votes because that is taking pittance for their future and the electoral umpire must deploy functional technology to ensure that people’s mandate is not scuttled by activities of corrupt politicians,” he said.
He further urged agitators with differing grouses to articulate their grievances and manage them through dialogue and other legitimate means while hailing the achievements of the ruling APC in Nigeria.
According to him, most grievances are an offshoot of unattended frustrations occasioned by real or perceived injustices.
“I believe that democratic governance has granted the people the opportunity to follow laid down procedures to remedy anomalies which have been outlined as core causes of Nigeria’s derailment.
“For our Party, the APC, the indices are there to show how the party has faired with the railway system gradually coming back and our roads being attended to.
“Human capital development is receiving huge investment, especially in agriculture and here in the southeast, we are happy with the second Niger bridge and promised rail system.
“I must admit that security remains a challenge and it is very critical to sustainable development, but I believe this is an area where all hands must be on deck just like Gov. Hope Uzodimma stated when he urged all to join him in fighting the hydra-headed monster of insecurity.
“I stand for restructuring, as that will enthrone true federalism where people will take the front seat and politicians stand as true servant-leaders,” he said.